Kuala Lumpur
Malay, Mandarin, Tamil
Malaysian Ringgit
Flight time
12 hours and 50 minutes from the UK
time difference
UTC/GMT +8 hours
best time to go

Introducing Malaysia

Malaysia is a country of contrasts. A magical mish-mash of skyscraper cities and colonial architecture with the wild jungle getaways of Sarawak, and not forgetting those secret islands where beach bums eat freshly caught fish in the mornings and go surfing in the afternoons. With all the defining differences entangled in this charming nation, there’s one thing that unites the peninsular, Malaysian Borneo and the islands together; the food. And the food really is exquisite in this part of the world so if you’re looking for a gastronomical awakening, Malaysia will shock, surprise and tantalize. From the Chinese influenced Nonya stir fries and the Borneo inspired Dayak broths to the ultra-modern world of shopping centre food courts and all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets, there’s something for everyone. If you love Asian cities, Kuala Lumpur is a must and the famous Twin Towers, KLCC Aquarium, KL Bird Park and Batu Caves provide great days out for the whole family. For nightlife and restaurants, head to the city’s Bukit Bintang. For great shopping and seafood, there’s also Malacca City which makes a top alternative to the capital or for casinos, Genting Highlands has it all. If it’s sun, sea and surf you’re after, Penang Island or Tioman Island are very welcoming of tourists or for an accessible jungle experience to suit all ages, there’s no place like Taman Negara.

Whatever it is you have your heart set on, Malaysia is a land of opportunities and with its diverse mix of cultures and international influences, it’s the perfect introduction to life in South East Asia.


Malaysia is wonderful for family travel and as a destination, Malaysia is extremely wholesome with much of the entertainment industry targeted at families with children. Getting around is very easy and public transport is well maintained by the Malaysian government. The easiest way to travel is with a MyRapid Touch ‘n Go card which is valid for buses and the monorail in KL. The more remote areas such as Sarawak and Malaysian Borneo or the islands all offer a choice of family-friendly hotels and luxury resorts.


Malaysian cuisine is multi-layered and interesting, and reflects the multi-ethnic makeup of the nation. Malays, Chinese and Indian flavours can be picked out in the dishes and some tasty eats you won’t want to miss are Assam Laksa noodles, Rojak fruit and vegetable salad, Roti Canai flatbread (great for dipping into your curry), Chendul dessert soup, Apom Balik stuffed pancakes, Batu Maung Satay skewers and the famous Koay Chiap duck and noodle broth. Chilli and spices are used widely, especially with street food but restaurant menus can often cater for milder tastes.

History and Culture

Malaysia is a truly diverse place and it’s recognised around South East Asia for its interesting mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European communities. These pockets of people all have their own distinct subcultures within the country but a more unified Malaysian culture is something which has been emerging in recent decades. There has always been a social divide between the Malay elites and city dwelling middle class citizens with the poorer rural communities but today, the lines of the rich/poor divide have become blurred and there’s a growing middle class in the country. The nation’s openness to diversity means that Malaysians are extremely inviting, warm and generous by nature and foreigners will be welcomed with open arms.

Resorts in Malaysia

Top Locations in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s capital is famous for its iconic Twin Towers (Petronas Towers) and is often referred to as “KL” by the locals. It’s one of the most well-connected cities in SEA, making sightseeing and getting around the city a doddle for visitors. Be sure to visit the city aquarium, the Batu Caves, the Islamic Arts Museum, Petaling Street (Chinatown) and Berjaya Times Square. Read more
Malacca City
Malacca City has an interesting mix of historical buildings and beach resorts. It’s one of the most popular destinations in Malaysia and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 2008. One of the things you can’t miss is the famous Jonker Street night market and must-see tourist sites include St. Francis Xavier's Church, Porta de Santiago fortress, Bukit China, Kampung Keling Mosque and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. Whilst you’re here, be sure to taste the local seafood – it’s fresh and delicious!
Sarawak and Sabah
Malaysian Borneo feels like a whole other world to the mainland. The island of Borneo is shared between Malaysia’s Sarawak and Sabah, Indonesia’s Kalimantan and the tiny nation of Brunei, so there’s a fantastic mix of cultures here. The island offers a world of adventure including rugged beaches and beautiful national parks, highland hikes and birdwatching, UNESCO sites and exciting outdoor activities such as diving, kayaking, rock climbing and more.
George Town
If it’s colonial architecture you’re after, George Town has to make your bucket list. It opens the window into Malaysia’s diverse and multi-cultural history and its unique island setting on beautiful Penang means that you will get the best of both worlds; city shopping and nightlife plus glorious beaches and amazing coastal views. Penang Island is well known for its Penang cuisine and the best place to sample the local Laksa or Mee Goreng is at the street food stalls of Ayer Itam Market.
Redang Island
This pretty island is the perfect place to go to get away from it all. Enjoy a simple beach lifestyle and spend your days sunbathing, snorkelling, diving or turtle watching. Head to Redang Laguna Food Court to taste traditional Malay cooking or enjoy do like the locals do and enjoy an evening barbeque on the beach. There’s not a huge amount of nightlife on this island, which makes it an ideal family resort or a quiet retreat for couples, but there are bars and karaoke – plus beer and wine can also be purchased at very affordable prices from local shops.

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